timberland chelsea Alberta man fights photo radar ticket and wins
A man who fought the law and won is hoping to inspire others to fight bad photo radar tickets after a rare victory in Whitecourt.
“It a bittersweet victory,” said Trevor Deets, who had a judge overturn his photo radar ticket in August. “I happy that I won, but it came with a lot of pain.”
This isn the first time Deets says he was issued a questionable violation notice adding he had paid those tickets to avoid the hassle of fighting them in court but the latest notice was the first time he was angry enough to take it to court. his red Ford truck was recorded failing to obey the posted speed limit, travelling 40 km/h in a 30 km/h zone.
Deets noticed the front end of another vehicle, a white truck, partially obscuring the back of his vehicle in the photo where Deets truck can be seen with its brake lights on approaching a red light and recalled another vehicle trying to pass him.
“The twig snapped that day and I said, not going to get another one over on me. thought, after this revelation, his ticket would be thrown out immediately, but the prosecution moved for a trial and Deets started the months long battle of fighting for disclosure of the method and mechanisms used to accuse him.
Through this disclosure, Deets got a copy of the original photo including the crosshairs indicating where the operator targeted the laser, and sure enough, it was pointed at the white truck passing him.
On Aug. 27, the judge ruled in his favour and threw out the ticket.
“I was fighting this for the simple fact that enough is enough,” said Deets.
“Generally, the cards are stacked against you when you dealing with a photo ticket,” he said, crediting Deets ability to recall every detail and present a case that caused sufficient doubt with his courthouse victory.
This isn the first time a case like this has made it to a Whitecourt judge before being tossed. Roger Beaudoin successfully had his ticket overturned in January 2011 after he was incorrectly issued a violation notice when a speeding vehicle passed his own.
Deets hopes cases like his help encourage others to step up and fight bad tickets rather than paying into a system which he believes has become more about cash and less about safety, a sentiment shared by Mitchell.
“The job should be done properly, not in error, and certain processes should be in place where if there is a quality assurance issue, that it dealt with and doesn just get passed on to the paying public,” Deets said.